DETROIT -- Miguel Cabrera's four-hit, four-RBI game Tuesday wasn't just another sign of his swing coming around after a slow start. It was another step toward a historic mark.
According to research on baseball-reference.com, Cabrera now has 12 four-hit, four-RBI games in his career, tops among all active players and fourth all time. He moved out of a tie with Mike Piazza, Rafael Palmeiro, Goose Goslin, Bill Dickey and Jeff Bagwell, and moved into a tie with Dante Bichette.
The three players ahead of Cabrera on the list are all in the Hall of Fame. Lou Gehrig recorded 20 four-hit, four-RBI games in his career. Former Tigers great Charlie Gehringer and ex-Tiger Al Simmons had 15 each.
If you add a home run to the criterion, then Cabrera has 11 games with four or more hits, a home run and four or more RBIs, tying him with Simmons, Bichette and Bagwell. Only Gehrig (19) has more.
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